TIP:     To keep rodents and birds out of the chimney this winter, install a screen cap at the top. It’s also a good time to check the roof vents from inside the attic to ensure they’re clear of debris such as leaves or birds nests.

TIP:     Cranking up the heat to warm the house quickly doesn’t work. The house will warm up at the same rate, regardless of the temperature setting.

TIP:     Clear plastic sheeting on your windows can add more insulation and reduce icy drafts with minimal effort and minimal costs.

TIP:     When using your wood-burning fireplace, split wood into pieces that are 4 – 6” in diameter. The wood will burn more cleanly with more surface area exposed to the flame